Linuxcare Pledges Commitment to Australian Open-Source Community Through Conference Sponsorship

SYDNEY, Australia, 9 Jan. 2001 -- Linuxcare, Inc., a leader in providing comprehensive professional services and solutions for Linux and open-source technologies, today announced its continued commitment to educate Linux specialists and users through major sponsorship of the Linux.Conf.Au conference.

The conference, to be held at the University of New South Wales 17-20 January, will bring together the diverse Linux community in Australia as well as experts from abroad to provide a forum for collaboration on new solutions and to further the development of Linux and open-source software in Australia. Convened jointly by Linux Australia and the Sydney Linux Users Group, Linux.Conf.Au will cover a variety of topics, including the Linux Standards Base, the rproxy project and cluster management.

Industry analysts predict tremendous growth in the Australian Linux market in the next five years. Linuxcare continues to invest in local open-source initiatives and assist Australian developers in acquiring the knowledge to take advantage of the strong market. As part of its ongoing participation in the open-source community, Linuxcare is sending six open-source experts, or "gurus" to the conference, to present on breakthrough projects that are currently pushing the boundaries of Linux. Linuxcare presenters include Paul "Rusty" Russell, developer and leader of the kernel packet "firewall" code and organiser of the first-ever Conference of Australian Linux Users in 1999, Andrew Tridgell, leader of the Samba project, and Martin Pool, lead developer of the rproxy project.

"Linuxcare's major sponsorship of Linux.Conf.Au is really indicative of its larger continued commitment to the open-source community both in Australia and elsewhere," said Anand Kumria of Linux Australia, which is organising Linux.Conf.Au. "As Australia's Linux market continues to grow, conferences like this contribute to its success. By offering the geographically distributed Linux community a forum where they can come together, exchange ideas and build Linux solutions, Linux Australia -- with the assistance of Linuxcare -- is helping to grow the open-source community dramatically."

Linuxcare Sponsors Australian Conference
 
To register for Linux.Conf.Au or to find out more information about the conference, please visit http://linux.conf.au/register/online/.

About Linuxcare, Inc.
Linuxcare, Inc. is a leader in providing comprehensive professional services and solutions for Linux and open-source technologies. Linuxcare helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent software vendors (ISVs), Internet infrastructure vendors and Global 2000 companies maximise their success in putting Linux and open-source solutions to work. The company, with funding from Kleiner Perkins and corporate partners such as ITOCHU, Motorola, Oracle and Sun, hosts http://www.linuxcare.com, a leading technical resource for Linux and open-source solutions. Founded in 1998, Linuxcare is headquartered in San Francisco with offices around the world. The company can be reached at +1-415-354-4878 (North America) and +61 2 6262 8990 (Australia).

About Linux Australia, Inc.
Linux Australia's raison d'Ítre, as a non-profit corporation, is to foster the growth of the Linux community within Australia by organising nationally visible events, such as Installfest 2000 and Linux.Conf.Au. It also provides a national voice for users throughout Australia to Government and assists targeted community projects.

Further information about Linux Australia is available at http://linux.org.au/

Linuxcare is a trademark of Linuxcare, Inc. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.